Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the week.
LeBron James has brought the heat – another championship. James didn't win, just one, not two, not three, but four games in a row in route to Miami's second NBA championship after dominating the Thunder last week in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. And for people who say that James isn't clutch, LeBron became just the sixth player in NBA history to lead his team with a triple double in a Finals clinching game, and in doing so, became just the 10th player to win both the regular season MVP and the NBA Finals MVP in the same season. But don't worry you Thunder fans. Kevin Durant is still just 23 years old and the entire Oklahoma City starting 5 were just the 2nd youngest in history to reach the Finals. I have a feeling you'll get yours eventually, but again, don't be surprised if we see this matchup against LeBron again.
And there is justice in the world! Forget that old fashioned 'mythical' national champion in college football. You can even forget that old method of just allowing two teams at the end of the year fight it out for the championship. We now have a college football playoff! Granted, it doesn't take into effect for another two years, and it's only 4 teams. But hey, ya gotta start somewhere, right? The BCS commissioners endorsed the deal last week that would initiate a four-team playoff model that would be selected by a committee each season, much like the NCAA college basketball tournament. But instead of 68 teams, again, it's just 4. The criteria that would be considered while selecting the teams would be conference championship, strength of schedule and how much money a fan base would bring to the host bowl game. Ok, just kidding about the money. But not really.
Once called the 'God of Walks,' Kevin Youkilis, could now be called the 'God of Sox.' Long-time third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis, has been traded. Good news is, all he has to do is change his 'sox,' from red to white. The two-time World Series champion is headed to the Chicago White Sox. In the deal, Boston receives utility man Brent Lillibridge and young right-hander Zach Stewart, but will also have to pay about 2 million of his remaining 7.8 million dollar salary. Rookie Will Middlebrooks has been absolutely raking for the Red Sox this year, and further prompting the big trade was Chicago's last place rank, in all of baseball, at the third base position.
Ashton Eaton – watch out for this guy in the upcoming Olympics. The American set the world record in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic trials on Saturday, finishing the two-day event with 9,039 points.
Former Penn State assistant head coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted last Friday on 45 counts of sexual assault. The 68 year old will face a minimum of 60 years in prison.
In Euro Action, Italy defeated England 4-2 on penalties to move on to the semi-finals where they'll face Germany. Spain will play Portugal on the other side of the bracket.
And the X-Games kick off this Thursday in Los Angeles. Be sure to check out the sports channel here on CraveOnline this weekend for inclusive coverage. I couldn't say exclusive, because it will be on ESPN, but we are inclusive here at CraveOnline. Plus, Nash Herrington and I are way more fun to watch. At least I'd like to think that.
That's all I got for this week. Hope to see you again soon. You know where to stop by next week to get your Sports Fix.